AMC Networks’ genre SVOD service Shudder is partnering with distributor Vertigo Releasing for the UK and Ireland launch of Toronto thriller Revenge by writer-director Coralie Fargeat.
The film is on its way to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and has previously played at genre festivals including Fantastic Fest and Sitges. Vertigo and Shudder are planning a spring 2018 theatrical release.
Staring Matilda Lutz (Ring) as Jen, a young woman who goes on vacation at a remote desert villa with her millionaire boyfriend (Kevin Janssens), the story begins as their romantic weekend goes off the rails when her lover’s hunting pals show up on the scene, triggering a wave of violence.
The well-received French feature is produced by Marc-Etienne Schwartz’s M.E.S. Prods. and Marc Stanimirovic’s Monkey Pack Films. Paris-based outfit Charades handles international sales.
As previously announced, Shudder picked up rights for English-language territories, including US, and a string of deals closed in international markets including for German-speaking Europe and Italy (Koch Media), Spain (A Contracorriente), Japan (New Select), South Korea (Company L), Portugal (Cinemundo), Scandinavia (Njuta), Poland (Monolith), Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria (ADS), ex-Yugoslavia (Blitz), Czech Republic (Bohemian), Israel (Lev), Turkey (Fabula), Middle East (Salim Ramia), and Taiwan (Movie Cloud).
Shudder vp of global acquisitions and co-productions, Aurelie de Troyer said of the UK partnership: “At Shudder we’re thrilled to be collaborating with Vertigo Releasing and feel they are the perfect partner to reach UK fans with Revenge. Following the film’s fantastic reception at TIFF, we hope UK audiences will enjoy this unique take on the vengeance genre from talented new filmmaker Coralie.”
Rupert Preston of Vertigo added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Shudder. Revenge is a very special film that heralds the arrival of a unique new talent in Coralie Fargeat. We can’t wait to unleash the film on UK and Irish audiences.”